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2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

I hope you had a great first day of poeming. If you missed it, no worries; it's still easy to catch up! If you did poem yesterday, let's do it again!

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For today’s prompt, write a portrait poem. You can use an actual portrait to write an ekphrastic poem. Or think up an image from real life. Or fake life. Or don't be so literal; instead of writing a poem that describes a portrait, use the poem to frame a moment or lifestyle or whatever. By the way, how many times did I type "or" in this paragraph?

Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want.

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Re-create Your Poetry!

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Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!

In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.

Click to continue.

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Here’s my attempt at a Portrait Poem:

“evening”

she stands behind her man
with her hands upon his shoulders

he hides his face inside his hands
& she's looking out a window

his elbows rest
on the table with his dinner

the sunset shadows stretch
across their thoughts concealed

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He loves a good portrait.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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